New Model Army

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

With their roots embedded in the punk era, New Model Army were formed in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1980, and immediately outlined their manifesto by naming themselves after the Sir Thomas Fairfax/Oliver Cromwell revolutionary army. The band was formed by Justin ‘Slade The Leveller’ Sullivan (Buckinghamshire, England; guitar/vocals), a former platform sweeper and Mars bar production-line worker, with the help of Stuart Morrow (bass) and Robb (b. Robert Charles Heaton, 6 July 1961, Knutsford, Cheshire, England, d. 4 November 2004, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England; drums/guitar). Their brand of punky folk rock attracted a loyal cult following, much of which shared the band’s grievances towards the Conservative government policies of the 80s. This was best executed on their debut album, which combined militant themes such as ‘Spirit Of The Falklands’ and ‘Vengeance’ (a vitriolic anthem about getting even with one’s...

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